Pac-12 College Basketball Prediction, Odds and Preview

Johnny Juzang and the UCLA Bruins will look to make another deep run in the 2022 March Madness Tournament.
Johnny Juzang and the UCLA Bruins will look to make another deep run in the 2022 March Madness Tournament. / Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Pac-12 didn't impress any college basketball fans during the regular season last year, but the conference dominated the March Madness tournament. USC, Oregon, UCLA and Oregon State all represented the conference in the Sweet 16, and UCLA was a last-second half-court shot by Jalen Suggs away from advancing to the National Championship game.

It will once again be one of the most competitive conferences in the country, and it promises to have some of the most exciting games of the season.

Here are the odds via WynnBET to be the Pac-12 regular season champion.

Pac-12 Regular Season Champion Odds

  • UCLA +120
  • Oregon +400
  • USC +500
  • Arizona +800
  • Arizona State +2000
  • Utah +2000
  • Colorado +2500
  • Stanford +2500
  • Washington State +2500
  • Oregon State +5000
  • Washington +7500
  • California +10000

UCLA Rightfully Favored to Win Pac-12

The UCLA Bruins were one of the best feel-good stories of the 2021 March Madness tournament. After needing overtime to get by Michigan State in the play-in game, UCLA went on a run that finally came to an end in overtime against No. 1 seed Gonzaga in the Final Four.

In what's good news for UCLA fans, only two players from last year's roster won't be returning for another season. More importantly, Johnny Juzang decided to forego the NBA Draft and return to play for the Bruins for another year. He's one of the leading favorites to win the Naismith College Player of the Year award, and he will play a key role in UCLA's return to the tournament.

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Prediction: USC +500

While UCLA is rightfully favored, the best value on the board is USC at +500. Rarely does the Pac-12 preseason favorite end up winning the conference, so looking at the next few teams on the odds list would be a good idea if history repeats itself.

Isiah Mobley returns for the Trojans, and Drew Peterson and Isaiah White are primed for another season. The biggest key move that USC made this offseason was acquiring former five-star guard Boogie Ellis, who transferred from Memphis. If he can live up to his high school potential, USC will be a force to be reckoned with this season.